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Keith Olbermann's "Worst Person in the World!"

Keith Olbermann's "Worst Person in the World!"

MRC researchers tabulated every person or group designated by MSNBC Countdown host Keith Olbermann as either the "Worse," "Worser," or "Worst Person in the World!" from the time he began the segment on June 30, 2005 through June 23, 2006, nearly one full year. To be classified as one of Olbermann's "Liberal Targets" or "Conservative Targets," the individual or group needed to be either a notable liberal or conservative (like the liberal Cynthia McKinney or the conservative Tom DeLay), or Olbermann had to frame his critique as an attack on a liberal or conservative activity or idea (such as criticizing global warming doubters). The tally for Olbermann's first year of admonishing the "Worst in the World!" - 174 conservative targets vs. 23 liberal targets, a nearly 8-to-1 disparity.

Olbermann's Liberal Targets

Olbermann's Conservative Targets

  • Paul Eibeler, President of Take Two Interactive (July 20, 2005)
  • Liz Beatty, English school teacher (July 21)
  • London Mayor Ken Livingstone (July 25)
  • MSNBC host Keith Olbermann (July 25)
  • Seattle mayoral candidate James Garrett (August 10)
  • "Save the Newchurch Guinea Pigs" (August 23)
  • Nation of Islam's Louis Farrakhan (September 13)
  • New Mexico residents Paul F. Weinbaum and Jay Boyd (September 26)
  • USA Today editors (October 26)
  • Toronto Mayor David Miller (November 10)
  • MSNBC host Keith Olbermann (December 15)
  • Vermont Judge Edward Cashman (January 6, 2006)
  • Big Outdoors and Hustler (February 6)
  • Environmental protesters in Italy (February 17)
  • Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-GA) (March 29)
  • WWE's Vince McMahon (April 17)
  • New Orleans mayoral candidate Kimberly Williamson Butler (April 18)
  • Mayor Frank Melton (D-Jackson, MS) (May 4)
  • Mayor Troy Anderson (D-Waldron, AR) (May 16)
  • Mark Oaten, Liberal Democrat British MP (June 1)
  • Comptroller Alan Hevesi (D-NY) (June 2)
  • Mayor Mike Fahey (D-Omaha) (June 5)
  • Buffalo, NY school district (June 9)

 

  • Columnist Robert Novak (June 30, 2005)
  • New York Assemblyman Willis Stephens (July 1)
  • Columnist Robert Novak (July 1)
  • Paula Jones, sued Bill Clinton for sexual harassment (July 5)
  • National Rifle Association's Wayne LaPierre (July 18)
  • FNC host Bill O'Reilly (July 25)
  • Reverend Jim Grove, anti-abortion activist (July 28)
  • Unnamed little league umpire in Massachusetts (July 29)
  • Wall Street Journal editorial board (August 8)
  • FNC host Bill O'Reilly (August 8)
  • Conservative activist David Horowitz (August 16)
  • Radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh (August 17)
  • MRC President and founder Brent Bozell (August 19)
  • Radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh (August 19)
  • Author/columnist Ann Coulter (August 23)
  • FNC anchor Brit Hume (August 24)
  • Radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh (September 6)
  • Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO) (September 8)
  • Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) (September 8)
  • Rep. Richard Baker (R-LA) (September 12)
  • Radio talk show host Glenn Beck (September 12)
  • ABC 20/20 co-anchor John Stossel (September 13)
  • James Taranto of Wall Street Journal (September 13)
  • Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao (September 14)
  • Justice Department (September 16)
  • FNC host Bill O'Reilly (September 16)
  • Rep. Richard Pombo (R-CA) (September 26)
  • State Rep. Stacey Campfield (R-TN) (September 28)
  • Former Secretary of Education Bill Bennett (September 28)
  • Senator Ted Stevens (R-AK) (October 5)
  • Progress for America (October 5)
  • Duval County Florida school board (October 6)
  • U.S. Secret Service (October 11)
  • Wal-Mart (October 11)
  • Living Proof Christian Broadcasters (October 19)
  • Sinclair Broadcasting (October 19)
  • D. A. King, anti-illegal immigrant activist (October 20)
  • Former FEMA director Mike Brown (October 21)
  • Author/columnist Ann Coulter (October 24)
  • FNC host Bill O'Reilly (October 24)
  • Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (October 25)
  • Mark Barondess, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America consultant (October 27)
  • Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld (November 2)
  • Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao (November 2)
  • House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (November 4)
  • Federalist Society's Gerald Walpen (November 11)
  • Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) (November 11)
  • Governor Frank Murkowski (R-AK) (November 14)
  • Parent's Television Council President Brent Bozell (November 15)
  • Radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh (November 15)
  • FNC host Bill O'Reilly (November 16)
  • RNC Web site operators (November 17)
  • Colonel James Brown, commander of 56th Brigade Combat Team (November 21)
  • Rep. Jean Schmidt (R-OH) (November 21)
  • Intelligent design supporters (November 23)
  • Author/columnist Ann Coulter (November 25)
  • FNC host Bill O'Reilly (November 30, three times)
  • Radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh (December 1)
  • Author/columnist Ann Coulter (December 2)
  • FNC host John Gibson (December 2)
  • Ford Motor Company (December 5)
  • FNC host Bill O'Reilly (December 8, twice)
  • Diebold CEO Wally O'Dell (December 13)
  • FNC host Bill O'Reilly (December 13)
  • Aides to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (December 14)
  • Radio talk show host Neal Boortz (December 14)
  • Senate candidate Jeanine Pirro (R-NY) (December 15)
  • FNC host Bill O'Reilly (December 16)
  • Donovan Blackburn, city manager of Pikeville KY (December 29)
  • FNC host Bill O'Reilly (January 3, 2006)
  • Pastor Lonnie Lenthem of Southern Baptist Convention (January 5)
  • 700 Club host Pat Robertson (January 5)
  • Radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh (January 6)
  • Gale Ruzicke, President of Utah Eagle Forum (January 9)
  • New York Post's Andrea Peyser (January 10)
  • FNC host Bill O'Reilly (January 11)
  • 700 Club host Pat Robertson (January 11)
  • State Senate President Robert Geddes (R-ID) (January 11)
  • MRC President and founder Brent Bozell (January 13)
  • CNN Headline News President Ken Jautz (January 17)
  • Andrew Jones of Brewen Alumni Association of UCLA (January 18)
  • FNC host Bill O'Reilly (January 18)
  • Radio talk show host Glenn Beck (January 19)
  • Frank Abramoff, father of GOP lobbyist Jack Abramoff (January 20)
  • Accuracy in Media (January 25)
  • Bucks County Federation of Young Republicans chairman John Patrille (January 26)
  • Author/columnist Ann Coulter (January 27)
  • FNC host Bill O'Reilly (January 27)
  • FNC host Bill O'Reilly (February 2)
  • George C. Deutsch, Bush appointee at NASA (February 8)
  • Fox News (February 9)
  • Radio talk show host Glenn Beck (February 9)
  • Fox News/Roll Call's Morton Kondracke (February 9)
  • Renee Cipriano, former Illinois EPA head (February 10)
  • Author/columnist Ann Coulter (February 13)
  • Catholic League's William Donohue (February 13)
  • Department of Veterans Affairs' Mel Hooker (February 13)
  • Former Solicitor General Kenneth Starr (February 14)
  • Author/columnist Ann Coulter (February 15)
  • Homeland Security officials (February 20)
  • Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) (February 21)
  • Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) (February 22)
  • FNC host Bill O'Reilly (February 22)
  • Wal-Mart chief exec H. Lee Scott (February 23)
  • Radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh (February 23)
  • FNC anchor Brit Hume (February 28)
  • Fox News (March 1)
  • Radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh (March 7)
  • FNC host Bill O'Reilly (March 10)
  • 700 Club host Pat Robertson (March 14)
  • Doubters of global warming (March 15)
  • Radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh (March 15)
  • John Dunleavy of St. Patrick's Day Parade in NYC (March 17)
  • FNC host Bill O'Reilly (March 17)
  • Undercover federal agents posing as FNC reporters (March 20)
  • Author/columnist Ann Coulter (March 21)
  • Former First Lady Barbara Bush (March 23)
  • Sean Hanson, who worked for NH Republican Party (March 27)
  • Jerome Corsi, co-author of Unfit for Command (March 27)
  • Congressional candidate Howard Kaloogian (R-CA) (March 29)
  • Radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh (March 29)
  • Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia (March 30)
  • FNC host Bill O'Reilly (March 30, twice)
  • Radio talk show host Neal Boortz (March 31)
  • Rep. Jean Schmidt (R-OH) (April 3)
  • Rep. Curt Weldon (R-PA) (April 6)
  • FNC host Bill O'Reilly (April 6)
  • Mrs. Richard Mellon Scaife (April 11)
  • FNC anchor Brit Hume (April 11)
  • Author/columnist Ann Coulter (April 14)
  • Radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh (April 14)
  • FNC host Bill O'Reilly (April 14)
  • Columnist/author Michelle Malkin (April 17)
  • Former Republican presidential candidate Steve Forbes (April 18)
  • Department of Homeland Security (April 19)
  • Former Secretary of Education Bill Bennett (April 19)
  • Rep. Jo Ann Emerson (R-MO) (April 20)
  • FNC host Bill O'Reilly (April 21)
  • FNC host Bill O'Reilly (April 24)
  • FNC host Bill O'Reilly (April 26)
  • FNC host Bill O'Reilly (May 1)
  • Syndicated radio talk show host Laura Ingraham (May 2)
  • FNC host Bill O'Reilly (May 5)
  • Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (May 8)
  • Columnist/author Michelle Malkin (May 8)
  • Secretary of HUD Alfonso Jackson (May 9)
  • HUD Spokesman Dusty Tucker (May 10)
  • Radio talk show host Neal Boortz (May 11)
  • FNC host John Gibson (May 12)
  • FNC host Bill O'Reilly (May 15)
  • American Spectator's David Yost (May 16)
  • FNC anchor David Asman (May 16)
  • FNC host Bill O'Reilly (May 17)
  • Roll Call's Morton Kondracke (May 18)
  • FNC host Bill O'Reilly (May 18)
  • The Drudge Report's Matt Drudge (May 22)
  • FNC host Bill O'Reilly (May 22)
  • Fox News (May 23)
  • The Drudge Report's Matt Drudge (May 23)
  • 700 Club host Pat Robertson (May 23)
  • FNC host Bill O'Reilly (May 24)
  • FNC host Bill O'Reilly (May 25)
  • Congressional candidate Vernon Robinson (R-NC) (May 31)
  • FNC host John Gibson (May 31)
  • New York Post's Richard Johnson (June 2)
  • Syndicated columnist Cal Thomas (June 19)
  • FNC host Bill O'Reilly (June 20)
  • Rep. Steve King (R-IA) (June 22)
  • FNC host John Gibson (June 23)
  • Fox At Large host Geraldo Rivera (June 23)